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Car Rental in United Kingdom

With SIXT you can rent a car in the United Kingdom in over 70 cities. Our car rental UK branches are conveniently placed at main train stations, major airports and easy to reach downtown locations. We have 20 branches in London alone, giving you plenty of options when planning a city stay or needing a base to explore from. We offer premium customer service, leading brand rental cars and affordable rates at all our UK locations. Book one of our top car rental deals in the United Kingdom online in advance and secure yourself the means to move about in comfort and style.

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Car Rental in the UK from Sixt

We host a top quality fleet of premium car brands with our services on offer for car rental in the United Kingdom. Choose from a range of world class rental cars from manufacturers such as BMW, Toyota, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. In the UK our range of add-ons include loss damage waiver, guaranteed GPS devices, glass and windscreen coverage and child and baby seats. Booking these in advance will save you money on your car rental deals in the United Kingdom and can help ensure the extras you want are available for your rental vehicle.

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Which vehicle class is right for my trip?

  • Compact city cars are an excellent choice for densely populated cities as they are easier to maneuver and park.
  • Sedans are perfect for road trips as their extra comforts and amenities make longer distance drives a pleasure.
  • SUVs and station wagons are great for more luggage room and can be the perfect choice for family vacations or group outings.
  • Minivans and vans are ideal if you are traveling with a larger group and many of our branches offer a selection of 7 and 9-seater vans as well as 12 and 15-seater passenger vans.
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Driving Tips

Driving a car rental in the United Kingdom is a fantastic way to see the sights as there are excellent motorways in all four countries in addition to well-maintained secondary roads. In the UK driving is on the left, so remember to look first to the right at a junction or when crossing the road. There is no priority to the right except at roundabouts, instead you will see stop and give way signs. At a stop sign come to a full stop and check for oncoming traffic, at a give way sign you do not need to stop but give priority to traffic already on the road.

Some rural roads can be quite narrow, if you are not sure what is round the bend sound your horn to warn oncoming traffic. The UK is a densely populated country and can get quite congested, check the traffic news for accidents and congestion on motorways before your journey. There is a congestion charge in some cities such as London and Durham. To drive in Central London, you must pay the charge online before you travel. You must register the vehicle within 24 hours at an appropriate pay station and pay for each day it will be driven in the zone. We recommend using the Transport for London website as it offers a rather quick and easy to register and pay.

Here are some important rules to remember when driving your car rental in the United Kingdom:

  • Give right of way to pedestrians at crossings marked by white lines or studs, do not park or obstruct a pedestrian crossing.
  • Speed limits are in miles per hour. On motorways and dual carriageways the limit is 70 mph, on single carriageway roads 60 mph and in urban built up areas with street lighting 30 mph.
  • Do not use a mobile phone while driving, hands-free kits are allowed but you may still be pulled over if you appear distracted.
  • Fines for drink driving can be over £5000 and you may lose your license. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the limit is 80 micrograms per 100 milliliters of breath, and in Scotland it is lower at 50 micrograms.
  • Seatbelts must be worn.
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Places of Interest

Top 4 Architectural Sights

  • Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
  • Tate Modern, London
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • King's College, Cambridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge was built in 1864 and hangs high about the Avon Gorge and River Avon in Bristol. Views from the bridge are fantastic and the surrounding area of Clifton is picturesque with its grand Georgian architecture situated on steep hills. The Tate Modern is housed in the former Bankside Power Station, you enter into the gigantic Turbine Hall which is known for its large scale (and free!) installations. Hadrian's Wall spans the width of Northern England and many parts of this ancient Roman wall still stand. A National Trail Footpath was opened in 2003 that you can walk from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway, it is a fantastic way to see the beautiful countryside of this region. The crown of the King's College buildings in Cambridge has to be the College Chapel built between 1446 and 1531.The building is one of the best examples of Late Gothic Architecture in the UK, worship still takes place here along with performances by the world famous chapel choir

Top 4 Natural Sights

  • Jurassic Coast
  • Giants Causeway
  • Pistyll Rhaeadr
  • Loch Lomand

The Jurassic Coast covers a distance of over 90 miles on England's south coast. The exposed cliffs show rock formations from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, stunning features along the coastline include Durdle Door, the Old Harry Rocks and the Golden Cap. The legendary Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland was formed from an ancient volcanic eruption. The naturally formed columns are mostly hexagonal and jut upwards at different heights, giving them the appearance of manmade stepping stones. The Pistyll Rhaeadr is a famous waterfall near Oswestry in Wales. It falls over 3 stages at a height of 240 feet, the waterfall is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. Of the many lochs in Scotland Loch Lomand is the largest and spans a distance of 24 miles. The loch contains over 30 islands and is surrounded by cycle paths and hiking trails where you can take in the extraordinary views.

 

What to Do in the UK in Winter 2020

Depending on where you are traveling in the United Kingdom, there is a wide array of things to do like visit Christmas markets and go hiking up a snowy mountain. Scotland and Wales both have mountains to ski or frolic on. CairnGorm mountain in Scotland is the most popular ski hill in the UK. If going to the mountains of Scotland or Wales, be sure to get a vehicle with 4-wheel-drive like an SUV. Cold weather surfing can be found off the south coast of England like at Croyde Bay. Christmas markets include those in Hyde Park in London, in Belfast, and Edinburgh. No matter where you go in the UK in winter, the weather will be cold and rainy. Luckily, all public museums and are galleries are free to enter and so there is lot of places to escape bad weather, such as the National Gallery in London.

Why rent with Sixt?

Why rent with Sixt?
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Premium fleet of german cars
  • Car rental made quick and easy
  • Unlimited miles on standard vehicles
  • Free cancellation when you pay on arrival
  • Friendly 24/7 customer service

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